US-based television station WTLW (Witness the Living Word) that delivers family-centered programming to its viewers has upgraded the video acquisition capabilities in its production studio to HD this summer, and chose Z-HD5500 HDTV cameras from Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd. (Hitachi Kokusai).
Owned by American Christian Television Services, WTLW operates two channels: WTLW-TV44, which has been broadcasting since 1982, and 24-hour all-sports network WOSN (West Ohio Sports Network), launched in 2010. The two channels share the same production studio, which had until recently employed standard-definition Hitachi cameras.
WTLW purchased three Z-HD5500s through integrator AVI Systems and began using them in production in June of this year. Two of the cameras are operated on pedestals, with the third mounted on a newly-installed jib. Already using solutions from Ross Video for switching, graphics and news production, the station took advantage of the Hitachi cameras’ integration with the Ross Dashboard open control and monitoring platform for remote camera management.